Looking for information on standards? This page has up-to-date information about the Common Core State Standards PLUS some resources that the CCSS Website doesn't even offer yet!!!
WHERE SHOULD I START?
Read the Standards. You can find them on the original Common Core State Standards Website as PDF files. Don't forget to read the Appendices!
WHERE CAN I FIND GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE STANDARDS?
WHAT DOES TLC OFFER THAT NO ONE ELSE DOES?
To make it easier to work with the Standards (in Excel vs. in PDF format), I've created a K-12 ELA Common Core Standards Tracking Spreadsheet, available in the Download Zone. Check out this FREE SAMPLE of a 4th-grade ELA Common Core Standards Tracking Spreadsheet.
If you teach history/social studies, science, or other technical subjects, you will also need the 6-12 CCS for Literacy in History, Science, Tech Subj Tracking Spreadsheet.
I've also reformatted the ELA Standards into Trajectory Analysis Charts in Word documents, so you can easily see the grade-to-grade trajectory of each standard. Keep reading....
HOW CAN I ANALYZE THE TRAJECTORY OF THE STANDARDS? Check out this TLC Blog post, which explains the process, and also use this FREE download, "RIT Standard 1 Trajectory Analysis Chart." For a document that will help you analyze ALL of the RIT Standards, check out the TRAJECTORY ANALYSIS CHARTS-Reading Informational Text. See also the following files:
HOW CAN I UNPACK STANDARDS AND CREATE OBJECTIVES AND LESSONS TO MEET THEM? Read this TLC Blog post, which demonstrates a useful process (NOTE: This post provides both explanation and a model. My second book, LITERACY AND THE COMMON CORE: RECIPES FOR ACTION, provides additional materials to support this process.). For this process, you will need the Unpacking the Standards Organizer, rev 5-7-15, and you might find the Unpacking the Standards-RIT 6.1 Model rev 5-7-15 helpful. NOTE: These versions are updated to include relevant question stems that address the standard!
I'M WRITING CURRICULUM. WHERE SHOULD I START?
I TEACH HISTORY/ SOCIAL STUDIES. GOT ANYTHING FOR ME?
WHAT DO THE COMMON CORE ASSESSMENTS LOOK LIKE?
I'M STILL CONFUSED about PARCC. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Check out my latest TLC Blog posts on PARCC here. Also, visit the TLC PARCC Prep page. This page on the PARCC Website also explains how sample items are being or have been developed.
HOW CAN I CREATE COMMON CORE-ALIGNED WRITING ASSESSMENTS?
Check out the LITERACY DESIGN COLLABORATIVE. Teachers are working together to design modules aligned with the Common Core. They note: "An LDC module establishes a teaching task, the skills and instruction students will need complete the task, and results in the form of student work. There are multiple templates available for each kind of writing, using varied layouts but all offering the key elements required for LDC Design." A good place to start is with the "1.0 Guidebook to LDC," which explains the templates, tasks, and modules and provides some models.
Also, in response to teachers I’ve been working with in New Orleans, I’ve created a packet of templates to support the creation of Common Core-aligned writing prompts. These are based on State-released materials for the LEAP (Louisiana Education Assessment Program) and should be particularly useful in preparing for that assessment, but educators in other states preparing for other Common Core-aligned assessments may also find them helpful. Download "Create-Your-Own Common Core-Aligned Writing Prompts for Grades 3-8."
WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND RESOURCES ON THE COMMON CORE?
WHAT ABOUT SAMPLE UNITS AND LESSONS?
|Calkins, Lucy, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman. Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2012.
Don't forget: If you are developing curriculum, check out Templates for Lessons & Units to see sample curriculum overviews and unit plans and download the necessary templates. Check out Recommended Reading for ideas about what texts to use with your students. Then take a look at the resources and links on the Curriculum Resources & Links page.
IN THE DOWNLOAD ZONE for STANDARDS: